Olympus D-395 (C-160) review

Started Nov 30, 2004 | User reviews thread
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Olympus D-395 (C-160) review
Nov 30, 2004

I always liked Olympus clamshell design. When it was offered at SGD$250 (USD152), I feebly resisted by asking for a photoprint. The 4R picture turns out pleasing enough. Its now my EDC (Every day carry) camera. At the price, I really don't care if I drop or lose it.
Pluses +
Better lens protection with clamshell design
Uses 2 AA batteries (best with trickle charged NIMH batteries)
Built in Panorama mode (I am now a pano freak)
Spot metering (point at any gray point, reframe, shoot)
Viewfinder (fit your eyesocket for steady shots)
Above flash output
Natural reds
Minus -
No buffer
ISO seems to stick at 80
Slow flash recharge
Crappy movie mode
Poor Camedia software interface
XP hides album files! Set display all files in directory.
Overblown blues

Problems:

Postscript: What I can't stand about is its narrow dynamic range. Good for photoprints but I find myself throwing away pictures with zero shadow detail and overblown hightlights.

tankahn's score
3.3
Average community score
4.0
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